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An amusing, fun, touching book with an exciting, non traditional central character
on 21 July 2015
I love the fact that books have different central characters. Considering more and more of us are living to older age then having an 81 year old as the central character is what attracted me to the book. Frank had had an accident and needed a bit more help and the whole book deals with his life and interactions with his new carer, Kelly. The book is perceptive, you kind of like Frank although he's really a cantankerous man who's probably tried hard to struggle along by himself, living in increasing disorder, and then realises, with the help of Kelly, that there still is a world out there and things he can do. There were parts of his character that were humorous but then sad too. Brought to the reader's attention the difficulties that a slowing down of physicality can bring. Also, the way that those of us who haven't got to those years treat and perceive older people - speak to an older person in a patronising tone, as if they are stupid. Yes, I know; that struck a bit too close to home. I did find parts of the book rather uncomfortable though. The fact that Frank developed a rather unhealthy attraction to Kelly. The fact that he almost had an attraction to her but I felt was probably as a potential partner and not just a friend. I thought that made him appear rather pathetic and almost desperate due to his isolation and I didn't really like that perception of him. Having said that, Kelly was a very professional, sweet, kind, caring carer who was clear about the boundaries. Anyway, it was a nice read. Not going to change the world but a nice enough way of passing a few hours.